Three dedicated teachers have retired after notching up almost 80 years’ service between them.

And the swashbuckling trio from Kirkburton Middle School went out in style.

Karen Seed had taught at the school for 39 years and Alan Moss and Martin James have both taught there for 24 years.

The school was keen to mark the momentous occasion with something different. Mr James and Mr Moss ran several highly successful water sports trips to the South of France for Year 8 pupils where youngsters canoed down the Ardeche Gorge and learned how to windsurf and sail.

The theme of these trips was Pirates, so when asked how they would like to commemorate their final day in school, the teachers replied that they would love a Pirate Day.

Pupils took part in pirate-related activities in all their lessons for the day, performing such activities as testing the wind-resistance of sailing boats in their science lessons, learning the history of piracy on the seven seas; using vectors in maths to discover hidden treasure, and many other creative and challenging activities.

Headteacher Gary Johnson said: “We are losing three wonderful members of staff who have given so much to the pupils and families of Kirkburton Middle School, so when they said they would like to have a fun day dressed as pirates, I felt it was the least we could offer, especially when they inspired us with so many curriculum ideas for the day.

“They are going to be missed by us all and each one of them is going to be a hard act to follow, but we wish them all a long, happy and healthy retirement – and Mrs Seed will be coming back to run a gardening club, would you believe!”

AHOY there me maties, retirement ahead! Left to right: Martin James, Karen Seed and Alan Moss who hare retiring from Kirkburton Mifddle School after 78 years' service between them.
 

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